7 Realistic Resolutions To Make in 2017

7 Realistic Resolutions To Make in 2017

Because you're probably not going to the gym after next week.

It’s a new year which means for the next couple of weeks everyone is going to be talking about what they’re going to the gym or their cutting people out of their lives for no reason other than they just think that they’re going to make friends that are different than their current ones. To be honest if you really want to start going to the gym more often start in a weird month like March and If you dealt with people for a whole year what is the purpose of randomly stopping talking to them?

Honestly, who cares but maybe you should think of making the following resolutions.

1. Eat out less.

Stop spending so much money on food. One, it’s not good for you and two, you’ll probably save more money to do other things.

2. Drink less.

First, if you're underage you shouldn't be drinking at all so there’s no reason not to do this. Second, if you you are of age, drinking less will again help you with money but also help your liver because you are getting older and everything is slowly deteriorating and there are other things to do in life other than drinking every weekend.

3. Stop bingeing television shows.

One thing that may be the hardest to do is to stop binge watching television shows no matter how interesting they are. Maybe the reason you never have anything to watch is because you go through an entire season of a show in 2 days. Slow it down and stretch it out.

4. Read a book.

Instead of binge watching a television show read a book. They’re just like television shows but make you use this thing called you’re imagination in order to visualize the story you're reading even if it is an autobiography.

5. Adopt a dog/cat.

You don't have to adopt an animal obviously, but if you're thinking about getting a dog or cat this year follow the motto “Adopt don't shop.” There are many animals abandoned in need of home and while it may seem appealing to get a cute little puppy or kitten, giving a home to a dog or cat who was neglected and needs it may feel even more invigorating.

6. Clean out your closet.

Chances are you have a bunch of clothes that you don't wear. If you clean out your closet and find items you don't want or wear you can donate them or even sell them to someone or thrift stores and make a little money. You should chose to donate though, because there are people who need them.

7. Lie less.

If you decide to disregard any of the previous resolutions, the one thing you should at least do is lie less. The major issue with many relationships and friendships is the great amount of lying that goes on in them which is too much. Try telling the truth more such as if your friend looks a mess in an outfit don't tell them they look nice. Obviously there are times when lying is probably better but there are few of them. Just try your best to lie less.

You could try to eat healthier or volunteer more but that requires a lot of work and being persistent which no one is really good at anymore. Trying these little things could prove to make your year a little better. If you can do this than maybe you could move on to the bigger ones as mid-year resolutions.

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I Woke up In The Middle Of The Night To Write About My Fears, They're Worse Than The Dark

One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.


It is one of those nights when I am tired, but for some reason, I can't seem to fall asleep. So, what do I do? I pull out my laptop, and I begin to write. Who knows where it will lead. It could lead to a killer article or something that does not make sense. I mean it is almost 2 A.M. In my mind, that's pretty late.

Anyways, let's do this thing.

Like many people, thoughts seem to pile up in my head at this time. It could be anything from a time when I was younger to embarrassing stories to wondering why I am "wasting" my time somewhere to thoughts about the future. All of these things come at me like a wildfire. One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

The thought that is going through my mind as I write this is about the future. It's about the future of my fears. Let me explain. I have multiple fears. Some of my fears I can hide pretty well, others I am terrible at hiding. My fears may seem silly to some. While others might have the same fears. Shall we start?

1. My career

I don't know where to begin with this one. For as long as I can remember, my consistent dream job has been working in the world of sports, specifically hockey. A career in sports can be and is a challenging thing. The public eye is on you constantly. A poor trade choice? Fans are angry. Your team sucks? "Fans" are threatening to cheer for someone else if you can't get your sh*t together. You can be blamed for anything and everything. Whether you are the coach, general manager, owner, it does not matter. That's terrifying to me, but for some reason, I want to work for a team.

2. My family

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Failing with my family, whether that be the family I was born into or my future family, it terrifies me. I have watched families around me fall apart and I have seen how it has affected them. Relationships have fallen apart because of it. I have heard people talk about how much they hate one of their parents because of what happened. I don't want that.

3. Time

This could be a dumb fear. I'm not sure, but I fear time. With every minute that passes, I am just another minute closer to the end. With every day that passes that I am not accomplishing goals or dreams I have, I am losing precious time. It scares me to think of something horrible like "What if I die tomorrow because of something horrific?" or even worse, "What if I don't make it through today?" It's terrible, I know.

4. Forgetting precious memories

When I was younger, I had brain surgery. It is now much harder for me to remember things. I am truly terrified that I am going to forget things I will want to hold close to me forever, but I won't be able to. I am scared I'll forget about the little things that mean a lot. I'm afraid of forgetting about old memories that may disappear. I'm worried that I'll forget about something like my wedding day. That might seem out of this world, but it's a reality for me.

5. Saying "goodbye"

I hate saying bye. It is one of my least favorite things. Saying bye, especially to people I don't know when I'll see again, is a stab in the heart for me. I love my people so much. I love being around them. I love laughing with them. Thought of never having a hello with them again scares me beyond belief.

6. Leaving places that I love

Alright, let me start off by saying this- it takes a lot for me to love a place. It has to feel like home. It has to make me feel comfortable. It has to be a place I can go to and be myself. Thankfully, I have had and still have multiple places that are like that. I have also had places I could not wait to leave. I think that's why leaving places I love is so hard and something I fear so much. I am afraid I'll never get that place "back", for lack of a better term. I guess, I'm trying to say, it's like a piece of me is leaving as well.

These six things are just the start of my fears. Some of these might seem "dumb" or "ridiculous" to you, but for me, it's my life. These are the things that I think about the most. These are the things that feel like a pit in my stomach. These six things are parts of my life that mean a lot to me.

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An Open Letter to Soda

You're both good and bad, but you never fail to satisfy me.


Dear soda,

How do I even begin to describe my connection to you? I have shared countless moments with you that we're both my best and my worst. Above all, you fill me up better than water, milk and juice ever do. And even though you're as equally unhealthy as alcohol is (no offense), you're always the safer, if not the most refreshing choice. But even so, you give me more calories than I want in one meal, although burning off that kind of energy is second nature to me.

Before I lavish you with compliments and thank you for cooling me down on hot summer days, it's time to get the unpalatable truth about you and nutrition, soda. You're a primary reason why I'm not in the best shape of my life. Every time I try to have that extra little bit of muscle, you end up setting me back. It's so easy for me to crave for you, because of how delicious you are, and the sugar high you give me is absolutely amazing compared to what I get eating candy and all those other sweets.

I know it's really puzzling for a writer like me to be writing an open letter to a beverage, but you're actually a pretty big part of my life. Why? Because you don't just quench my thirst on hot days, or affect my upset stomach for better or worse, you give me just a smidgen more energy than coffee and tea do. The caffeine in you isn't good for me in the long run, but I need it on a regular basis so I don't zone out during my classes. Honestly, without you, I don't feel as uninhibited as I like to be.

What I love the most about you is that you come in numerous flavors, and even though it's scientifically proven to be ineffective and also tastes worse than gruel, you come in diet form. In every restaurant and cafeteria, you get your own fountain, and students like myself prefer to go there instead of the coffee machines. The hiss of fizz when I open you up makes my mouth water, chills go up my spine and I never resist that first taste of your sugary carbon. Out of all the flavors you offer, I love root beer, cream soda, grape, orange, ginger ale and Dr. Pepper the most. The possibilities with you are so endless.

Soda, the best thing you've ever done for is satisfy me when I didn't feel satisfied.

From one of your many friends,

Konner Donté Watson

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